Autumn is the Time to Fix Bare Spots in Your Lawn

Pugh's Earthworks The Best Lawn Maintenance Services in Memphis Pugh's Earthworks provides commercial landscape design and maintenance services to those in Tennessee, including Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville, as well as Little Rock, Arkansas. We provide landscape and lawn services to all ltypes of commercial properties like office buildings, hotels, hospitals, churches and cemeteries in the cities we operate. Our landscape and lawn services also assist Home Owners Associations (HOAs), Condo Owners Associations (COA’s) and individual residential homeowners throughout Memphis and Little Rock, Arkansas. We offer monthly seasonal landscape care for lawns, bedding, trees and shrubs, irrigation, and hardscape areas. During the last few weeks, we've reviewed many of the tasks required for fall lawn maintenance. Today, we are going to address how to take advantage of the autumn months to fix any bare or bald spots on your lawn. Clear the part of the lawn with bald or bare spots. The first step is to clean up the area of the lawn you want to fix. This means removing all the dead grass and ensuring you pull out all the roots for that dead grass. Use lime. Lime reduces the acidity of the soil.  This is a critical step.  Reducing the acidity of the soil is the only way to help the grass seed grow. It takes care of highly acidic soil where pet urine might have caused the bald spot to begin with. Spread the lime evenly over the bare spots. Add topsoil. Next, add at least a quarter inch of topsoil, which is rich in nutrients and has microorganisms that help the grass to grow. Apply grass seed to the bare area.  The bare spots now need grass seed. Spread the seed evenly over the topsoil. Cover it well to account for the fact that birds may try to get in there and snack on that seed. Add fertilizer and then water.  You can choose to fertilize your entire lawn, including the bare patches. Like we noted last week in terms of how to fertilize, you'll need to follow that up with a good watering to help the grass seed and fertilizer soak in. Work with a lawn care professional. And, if you feel more comfortable having a lawn care professional handle all these lawn care needs for the fall, then contact us now for a free estimate!